India’s first World Peace University inaugurated in MIT, Pune
Following the celebrations, a two-day ‘Global Summit Science and Spirituality for World Peace’ was organised on the next day discussing issues of national and international importance and how a different outlook towards education could solve many of them.pune Updated: Aug 14, 2017 15:31 IST
Envisioningeducation through a holistic outlook of knowledge building to establish peace and harmony in the world, the Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, said to be the first of its kind in India, was inaugurated bychief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, on August 12. Following the celebrations, a two-day ‘Global Summit Science and Spirituality for World Peace’ was organised on the next day discussing issues of national and international importance and how a different outlook towards education could solve many of them.
“In the formation of this dream of Dr Karad, it has been realised that education has to be accompanied by values, and I agree because education without values is just information. But, when education comes with values, it is transformed into knowledge, and this is what separates human beings from machines,” CM Fadnavis had shared. He further stated that there exists a great need for such universities emphasising on world peace, especially in the private sector.
On education as the solution, G Madhavan Nair, former ISRO chief said “The responsibility lies with the academic community to solve the problems of the country. Education is the only solution for all the terrorist activities and the ill happenings around us.” The two day global summit is being held at Swami Vivekananda Mandap at MIT World Peace University, Kothrud Campus.
"MIT World Peace University is an entirely new concept, a model for a moulding global citizens. There is no difference between science and spirituality. Science is looking at the ultimate truth about the nature and universe and spirituality is a look at the ultimate truth of the inner being, the human being. One cannot distinguish himself from God,” he added.
Dr Michael Nobel, founder of Nobel Sustainability Trustshared, “Every sane person wants peace in this world. Conferences and meetings are not enough. Grassroot community building is necessary. Should we stop research on cancer just because 50% of cancer patients are going to die anyway. The gap between haves and have-nots is increasing day by day. The attitude of a child is fermented in the initial years of his life. Not everyone can be a Nobel Prize Laureate but what is important is that you tried.”
At the inauguration event, among many dignitaries, Dr Michael Nobel, Dr Ragunath Mashelkar, Padma Vibhushan and world renowned scientist, Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Padma and chancellor, Nalanda University, Gagan Narang, Indian shooter and Olympic medal winner, Dr Madhav Gadgil, eminent environmentalist and Dr Jabbar Patel, film producer and director, were present. 99-year-old spiritual head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission Dada J P Vaswani was also present at the event to extend his well wishes and guidance.
Further, three student speakers, Sarah Abbott, Westminster student, Ms. Shradhha Hakani MIP student, Hawa Yarow, Salt Lake Community College, had also addressed the gathering, at the event.
First Published: Aug 14, 2017 15:30 IST